TIFF 2016 Movie Review: THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS (UK 2016)

Movie Reviews of films that will be playing at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) in 2016. Go to TIFF 2016 Movie Reviews and read reviews of films showing at the festival.

the_girl_with_all_the_gifts_posterTHE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS (UK 2016) **
Directed by Colm MCarthy

Starring: Gemma Arterton, Glenn Close, Paddy Considine

Review by Gilbert Seah

The film begins with the scene of the cell belonging to who apparently is a polite, smart little girl, Melanie (Sennia Nanua) who likes school, loves books, and adores her teacher, Ms. Justineau (Gemma Arterton). But things are not it seems as the Melanie and other kids are chained and forced to wear restrictive masks. It turns out that they are in a high-security military cell whenever not in class.

That’s because just catching a whiff of human flesh turns them into ravenous monsters. Melanie and company live in a military compound under the watchful eye of the Sergeant (Paddy Considine), his soldiers, and a cold-hearted scientist, Dr. Caldwell (Glenn Close).

Once the film goes to the outside, the sci-fi film degrades into yet another tired version of the zombie genre. A few differences do not hide the fact that the hungries, as the zombies are called are just plain zombies that eat human flesh and walk in slow motion.

The script ties in a ridiculous twist about Melanie who (believe it or not) has feelings and wants to save the world. The film when not boring gets sillier especially towards the end.

Trailer: https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=HjGkB_oWTe0

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